Woman indicted on 35 counts of theft

LAWRENCEVILLE - A north Georgia woman who formerly worked in Lawrenceville was indicted this week on 35 counts of theft for allegedly stealing cash from a past employer.

Joellen Locklear, 30, of Carnesville, was charged by a Gwinnett County grand jury with 35 counts of theft by taking, according to a bill released Thursday.

Locklear allegedly took more than $500 each month from Lawrenceville Family Practice, her former employer, for 35 consecutive months between January 2003 and November 2005.

Lawrenceville Family Practice, located on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, provides health care and lab services without age limitations to families, according to the business' Web site.

A Lawrenceville Family Practice representative said Thursday that Locklear used to be employed there but declined further comment.

A call to the health care provider's attorney was not returned Thursday.

Dan Mayfield, Gwinnett deputy chief assistant district attorney, said each count against Locklear represents one month from the nearly three-year span of her alleged thefts.

"It was an ongoing theft," Mayfield said.